Credit Union Movement to Honor Advocates, Accomplished Professionals and Community Impact on Stage at Amplify October 7-9

The stage at this fall’s Amplify™ Convention will have its usual constellation of superstars; one of the nation’s leading political analysts, internationally acclaimed innovators and high-level academics — but equally sharing the spotlight will be some of the most accomplished and admired credit unions and professionals in the Northwest.

The 2014 Amplify Awards will highlight Amplify, in a gala dinner and awards event on October 9. Accomplishments of credit union movement professionals, advocates, community impact leaders and chapters will be honored. Nominations are being accepted online through noon on Sunday, July 20.

Summit Awards

A northwest tradition honoring credit union professionals at the highest peaks of the movement, the Summit Awards will be presented in three key categories including:

2013 Innovation and Impact Award winner, OSU Federal President and CEO Rick Hein.

  • Young Credit Union Professional: Created for professionals 35 and younger, the award salutes those who have excelled beyond their job descriptions in the credit union, in advocacy and in their communities;
  • Innovation & Impact: Recognizing excellence achieved within the last three years, the award recognizes a candidate who developed effective policies, practices and operations that positively impacted the credit union and its members; and
  • Lifetime Achievement: Honoring candidates selected by the NWCUA executive leadership team and board chair, then voted on by the membership, the Lifetime Achievement award recognizes professionals for sustained leadership in social responsibility, credit union philosophy, advocacy and community impact.

CUNA Awards

Northwest credit unions and chapters have the opportunity to be recognized regionally, with winners advancing to the national level. Three CUNA Awards celebrate excellence in community impact and financial education including:

2013 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award Winner: Maps Credit Union.

  • Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility: Named for a pioneer of the credit union movement, the award recognizes credit unions and chapters for projects and activities that improve communities;
  • Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action: Established in the name of the “mother of credit unions” these awards recognize extraordinary application of the “people helping people” philosophy; and
  • Desjardins Youth & Adult Financial Education: Named for Alphonse Desjardins, who pioneered early youth savings clubs and school branches, the awards recognize credit unions and chapters for excellence in financial education.

Chapter Awards

2013 Chapter Excellence Overall Best Practices Award Winner: Capitol Chapter.

The Chapter Excellence Awards recognize chapters for exceptional contributions to the credit union movement. The honors recognize excellence in leadership, education, advocacy and philosophy-in-action. A chapter demonstrating excellence in all four areas will be honored with the Overall Best Practices Award.

Advocacy Awards

The Advocacy Awards recognize excellence in grassroots, legislative and regulatory activities. Because advocacy is critical to the election of champions, policy advancement and enhancement of the credit union charter, the NWCUA honors advocates in many categories including:

2013 Top of the Hill Award Winners.

  • Capitol Advocacy: Established to recognize credit unions achieving high benchmarks for legislative and regulatory grassroots participation, capitol advocacy honors are presented to small and large credit unions;
  • Advocate of the Year: This award celebrates the top professional from both Oregon and Washington for extraordinary participation and effectiveness in the Credit Union Advocates program, CUNA GAC, Credit Union Day at the Capital, Call to Action response, political fundraising and campaign volunteerism; and
  • Top of the Hill: Special recognition for credit unions that have excelled in, and increased their political advocacy efforts, this honor is presented for credit unions which completed Project Zip Code, met with local and federal legislators, wrote regulatory or legislative comment letters and more. The NWCUA tracks this activity so there is no entry form for credit unions to submit.

Entries in all categories are being accepted through noon on Sunday, July 20, 2014.

In addition to presenting the 2014 Summit, Chapter, Advocacy and CUNA awards, the NWCUA will again acknowledge top directors and marketers for the their accomplishments during Amplify activities. Credit union board members were formally honored at the Directors’ Conference in Vancouver earlier this month, and top marketers received Spectrum Marketing Awards during the Marketers’ Conference in May.

Registration for both Amplify Convention and the Amplify Awards Dinner can be completed online.

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